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TODAY IN HISTORY - AUGUST 17




• 1807 – Robert Fulton's North River Steamboat leaves New York City for Albany, New York, on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world.

• 1883 – The first public performance of the Dominican Republic's national anthem, Himno Nacional.

• 1908 – Fantasmagorie, the first animated cartoon, created by Émile Cohl, is shown in Paris, France.

• 1947 – The Radcliffe Line, the border between the Dominions of India and Pakistan, is revealed.



• 1958 – Pioneer 0, America's first attempt at lunar orbit, is launched using the first Thor-Able rocket and fails. Notable as one of the first attempted launches beyond Earth orbit by any country.

• 1970 – Venera program: Venera 7 launched. It will later become the first spacecraft to successfully transmit data from the surface of another planet (Venus).

• 1977 – The Soviet icebreaker Arktika becomes the first surface ship to reach the North Pole.

• 2008 – American swimmer Michael Phelps becomes the first person to win eight gold medals at one Olympic Games.




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